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1906 College Heights Blvd #11052 Bowling Green, KY 42101-1052

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Effective Date: 8/1/2013 - 7/31/2020

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (AA TO BS) degree at Western Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression

Semester 1Credit Hours
GE/FL Course 3
ENG 101 (3) 3
Humanities Course 3
PSY 110 (3) 3
MAT 146 (3) or MAT 150 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2Credit Hours
MAT 205 (3) 3
ENG 102 (3) 3
OC Course 3
SB Course 3
BIO 112 (3) 3
BIO 113 Lab (1) 1
Total Credit Hours16

Semester 3Credit Hours
AH/SB/FL Course 3
EDU 201 (3) 3
EDP 202 (3) 3
SB Course 3
MAT 206 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 4Credit Hours
AH/SB/FL Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
EDP 203 (3) 3
EDU 240 (3) 3
HIS 240 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Pre-Transfer Notes

The Elementary Education program at WKU leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and the Kentucky Elementary Certificate (P-5). The program requires completion of a general education component, related studies component, and professional education component.
All programs leading to teacher certification require admission to the professional education unit. Before being formally admitted into the WKU Professional Education Unit through teacher admissions, students must fulfill specified GPA, Praxis I (PPST), and course requirements. Admission to professional education is required prior to spring semester of Block I courses (ELED 335, ELED 365, ELED 407, MUS 314, LTCY 320), which is typically spring semester of the junior year. Students must meet all state requirements for student teaching and certification. Information on admission to teacher education requirements may be found at the following link:
All student teachers, beginning spring 2014 and beyond, must have 200 hours specific field experience prior to student teaching to comply with recent state mandates. Field hours in courses such as EDU 250, SPED 330, LME 318 etc. have been increased to comply with this mandate. Students transferring in courses equivalent to these, and other courses, must meet the field experience requirements. KCTCS student’s need to contact the program representatives for Elementary Education to ensure that the equivalent courses are meeting the field experience requirements.

KCTCS graduation requirements include demonstration of computer/digital literacy, see catalog for details. It is important to note, that WKU requires CIS 141, which articulates with KCTCS CIT 130 or CIT 105.

Those with questions about the WKU Elementary Education program may contact:
School of Teacher Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Phone: (270) 745-5414

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression

Semester 5Credit Hours
LTCY 320 (3) 3
MATH 308 (3) 3
MUS 311 (3) 3
ELED 345 (3) 3
ENG 302 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 6Credit Hours
ELED 355 (3) 3
ELED 365 (3) 3
ELED 407 (3) 3
MUS 314 (3) 3
LTCY 420 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 7Credit Hours
ELED 405 (3) 3
ELED 406 (3) 3
ELED 465 (3) 3
ART 310 (3) 3
PE 354 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 8Credit Hours
EDU 489 (3) 3
ELED 490 (5-10) 10
Total Credit Hours13

Program Notes

Those with questions about the WKU Elementary Education program may contact:
School of Teacher Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Phone: (270) 745-5414

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